Neoliberalism has brought out the worst in us We tend to perceive our identities as stable and largely separate from outside forces. But over decades of research and therapeutic practice, I have become convinced that economic change is having a profound effect not only on our values but also on our personalities. Thirty years of neoliberalism, free-market forces and privatisation have taken their toll, as relentless pressure to achieve has become normative. If you’re reading this sceptically, I put this simple statement to you: meritocratic neoliberalism favours certain personality traits and penalises others. There are certain ideal characteristics needed to make a career today. The first is articulateness, the aim being to win over as many people as possible. The man who keeps finding new species of shark Most people have heard of great white, hammerhead and tiger sharks but there are many other species - and every year a number of new ones are discovered. One enthusiast has, so far, identified 24 types of shark and related fish that were previously unknown. Dave Ebert has a favourite market in Taiwan. He's been going there since he was a student 30 years ago. It's hot, humid and noisy - baskets are filled to the brim with a staggering variety of fish. Beach umbrellas provide some relief from the sun as puddles of water collect on the concrete floor.
"The map is not the territory it represents": consequences on the evaluation-intervention process. A teacher meets a student during recess to discuss his behavior in class. The psychologist of the school board presents the results of a child's evaluation process. During a meeting aiming to establish a personalized intervention plan, we discuss the learning difficulties and behavioral disabilities of a student. In such situations, words are used to express one's self, to convey information, to develop a point of view, to verbalize emotions. .... Language is indeed an essential communication tool.
2011 Annual Letter from Bill Gates: Ending Polio Why is it so important to end polio? Eradication will have three huge benefits. The first is that getting rid of polio will mean that no child will die or be paralyzed by the disease in the future. One thing most people don’t realize is that if we don’t finish the job on eradication, we will lose a lot of the ground we’ve gained over the past two decades. The disease will not stay at its current low level.
Ministry of Employment and the Economy - Vision Era-Net The importance of research and planning in pursuit of a Europe-wide innovation policy is emphasised by innovation's increasing importance as an engine for European economic growth. Vision Era-Net, a European collaborative network linking leading national innovation policy agencies, has sought to improve the quality and efficiency of innovation policy planning, while enhancing collaboration between the participating countries. Coordinated by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, this project was launched in 2005 and ended in 2009. Is saving Newcastle a mission impossible? Newcastle’s Civic Centre, a grand construction completed in 1967 and formally opened the following year – by King Olav V of Norway, no less – is a monument to civic pride and political ambition. As the headquarters of the city’s council, the building’s huge leather-clad doors, vast chandeliers and abstract art embody not just a strident modernism, but two bigger ideas that seem to have been frozen into every tile and fitting: a determination to pull Newcastle away from long industrial decline, and a belief that city government has the power to do so. In that sense, though it was conceived before he took office and opened after he had moved on to other things, the civic centre embodies the visions of T Dan Smith, the notorious Labour leader who once gloried in the unofficial title of “Mr Newcastle”. Since that first meeting, the situation had only become worse. In fact, the city’s predicament already seemed impossible.
Bloomberg Business - Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind By Alex Tribou and Keith CollinsUpdated: June 26, 2015 Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court has now extended that right nationwide. The decision came after a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states from 2013 to 2015, with 36 overall prior to the Court's ruling. Open-sourced, Crowd-sourced Ushahidi Platform Following Snowmageddon Snowmageddon is a website set up to help people dig out of the blizzard in New York. It was originally set up last year in Washington; it is an attempt to crowdsource information, where people can use their computers and cell phones to notify others of problems and solutions. It doesn't seem to getting a lot of hits, but there is a fascinating story behind it. Snowmageddon is running on the Ushahidi platform, which was developed in a couple of days to track reports of violence following the 2008 elections in Kenya. (Ushahidi is swahili for "Testimony") Our roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis.
Support a Constitutional Amendment: Corporations Are Not People Support a Constitutional Amendment: Corporations Are Not People In last year's Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as people. And in the last election, we saw what this corporate takeover of our democracy looks like.